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Leiweke will think about a Stanley Cup parade ‘a little more quietly’ now

Jul 22, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

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Back in June, former AEG executive Tim Leiweke angered some Kings fans when he said Los Angeles wasn’t a hockey town.

Now that Leiweke’s in Toronto, as the new president and CEO of MLSE, he’s learning what happens when the NHL team is the big dog in town.

Last week, Leiweke made a number of bold statements during various media interviews, from admitting he already had the parade route planned out for when the Maple Leafs win their first Stanley Cup since 1967 to sharing his plans to rid the ACC hallways of pictures of the team’s more glorious past.

His bravado was not appreciated by everyone. including at least one former Leaf, 94-year-old Wally Stanowski, who thought that Leiweke may have “lost his brain.”

So today, Leiweke offered some clarification.

“I understand our history and I honor our history and I’m proud to be a part of it now,” he told the National Post. “But I also understand that at some point or another, we’ve got to go win another Cup. And I think the way we’re going to do that is build an organization that dreams about that each and every day. That’s all. It’s just that simple.”

As for the parade comment, he’s not backing away from that. He will, however, “think about it a little more quietly, that’s all.”

  1. ibieiniid - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Off-topic: does anybody know around what time of the year tickets first go on sale?

  2. pensman29 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Well you can appreciate his desire to win a cup and return glory to the team

    • titansrbeast - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Yeah, true. Perhaps the Leafs need a little extra fire to set them off. Not sure this will do it, but maybe it’s a start. They could be a solid contender for years to come.

    • joey4id - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      That’s all fine and dandy, but don’t shoot yourself in the foot (head) your first days on the job. What hockey or sports management credentials does this guy bring to the Leafs? He came across as very arrogant. Where is this guy from?

  3. xmy556ab - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    “What hockey or sports management credentials does this guy bring to the Leafs? He came across as very arrogant. Where is this guy from?”

    You’re kidding right???

    • joey4id - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Well! My understanding was that he wasn’t actively involved in the sports ventures as much as he was in the entertainment side. He is an American which would explain his lack of understanding of the great game of hockey in Canada. That’s probable why he’s been putting his foot in his mouth.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I wish him the best in his quest, but it’s just bad form for anyone new, but yes, especially an American, to land in Toronto and suggest, with any degree of seriousness, removing portraits of the likes of Bower, Armstrong, Mahovlich, Keon, Horton, etc.

  5. buffalo65 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Typical Leaf fan has no clue,”what sports credentials does this guy have?

    • dueman - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      If the guy was a Toronto fan he wouldn’t be asking who Leiweke is. Buy the way, how’s Buffalo looking this year mouth piece?

  6. rainyday56 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    He was brought in to improve the Raptors and the soccer team. The buds would still sell out if they were in the AHL.

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